Step 7: Cleaning floor vents

man inspecting floor vents
Photo: Keller & Keller
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The fall is a good time for homeowners to remove floor registers and vacuum out the ducts, which are magnets for dust, pet hair, small toys, and food scraps. All of this reduces its efficiency, forcing you to crank up the heat. You'll also breathe a little easier without this debris in the air.
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    Tools List

    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • Wire brush
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vacuum
    • strap wrench
      Strap wrench
    • combustion analyzer
      Combustion analyzer

    Shopping List

    1. Foil tape

    2. Oil filter
    (for oil-powered systems)

    3. Air filter

    4. Oil nozzle
    (for oil-powered systems)